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‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope Francis Christmas Card For 2016.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is:
“In Christ appeared the grace, mercy, tenderness of the Father: Jesus and Love made flesh
— Father Francis”

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Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.


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From the “Catholic Press Photo” Website. Use link embedded in image above to access the Website.


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Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2010 card, 2012 card, & 2015 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read “Popes and Papacy” blog. Though it is still active I don’t update it much. So this year I am starting by posting the card here.

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


The 2010 Card for a bit of Nostalgia.


Related posts:
++++ Search ‘Catholic Press Photo at thePopes and Papacy’ blog.


by Anura Guruge

‘Catholic Press Photo’ — Pope Francis Christmas Card For 2015.

by Anura Guruge


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If you Italian is a bit rusty what it says is
“Wishing you a Holy Christmas and a Happy New Year
in (this) Extraordinary Jubilee (Year) of Mercy”

Catholicpresslogo

Click to access the “Catholic Press Photo” Website … with AMAZING pictures.

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From the “Catholic Press Photo” Website. Use link embedded in image above to access the Website.


Alessia Giuliani

Posting the Catholic Press Photo, “Pope’s Christmas Card,” has been one of my cherished annual traditions since 2008, one that I eagerly look forward to as soon as we enter December.

2008 card, 2009 card, 2010 card, 2011 card.

I used to post them on my then widely read “Popes and Papacy” blog. Though it is still active I don’t update it much. So this year I am starting by posting the card here.

The Rome-based Catholic Press Photo, established over 40 years ago, now led by Alessia Giuliani, the daughter of one of the founders, has been a good friend. This gives me a chance to highlight their excellent work. Enjoy their pictures … especially those of the cardinals.

This year’s card comes with good wishes from Alessia, Monica, Giancarlo e Emanuela.

Thank YOU.

Merry Christmas.


The image depicted is that of Pope Francis pushing open the special big bronze door to St. Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican on December 8, 2015, to commence the Jubilee Year.

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See more pictures and read about it in the U.K. “Telegraph” by clicking on image


The 2010 Card for a bit of Nostalgia.


Related posts:
++++ Search ‘Catholic Press Photo at thePopes and Papacy’ blog.


by Anura Guruge

Tennis Playing Google Doodle For 2015 U.S. Tennis Open (the 37th)

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by Anura Guruge


usopengdtmbLast Google Doodles:
>> ‘La Tomatina’ 2015.
>> 101 anniversary of Traffic Lights.

**** Check Category ‘Google Doodle’ (sidebar) for other Doodles >>>>


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Click images to access the Google Doodles.

Permanent access, independent of date,
provided via the Google Doodle Archive.


IBM Software Revenue Decline Will Continue — Cash Cow CICS Has Croaked.

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Today’s chart from “MarketWatch.com”.

Related Posts:
>> Donate Hursley House To The National Trust.
>> Get rid of unproductive R&D.
>> IBM’s 26% layoff is NOT enough.

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Punch-drunk IBM, 40% layoff.

>> “Think” sign — Aug. 28, 2014.
>> Hursley’s John Fairclough …
>> Mainframe 50th.
>> Gene Amdahl & I.
>> IBM Hursley pictures.
>> Malaysia flight 370: And ‘Poor’ IBM.

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Search on “Hursley”, “IBM” & “mainframes” for other IBM (Hursley) related posts >>>>


cics47ssadIBM’s software revenues will continue to spiral downwards because 47-year old CICS no longer rules the roost!

Yes, CICS, whose roots go back to 1966 has been IBM’s cash cow when it comes to software. CICS was IBM’s proprietary Transaction Manager — and most things to do with IT is basically a transaction.

Today, in the Internet/Linux/OpenSource world people no longer want PROPRIETARY Transaction Managers. So CICS sales are down and that more than anything else hurts IBM’s software sales numbers.

I, as somebody who made a good living as an independent IBM analyst for 30 years, have said it before and will say it again now. IBM’s tremendous successes from the 1960s till around 2008 was ALL due to the stranglehold it had managed to acquire with its PROPRIETARY hardware (i.e., mainframes, S/3x, PowerPC), networking (SNA (and I was “Mr. SNA”)) and software solutions. Now proprietary systems are anathema.

In yesterday’s results IBM said that its new mainframes are doing well. Its new mainframes are OPTIMIZED to run Linux! Yes, IBM is positioning its mainframes (and it has done so for a about a decade now) has the most scalable and reliable, clustered Linux servers EVER. And that is true. But selling mainframes as Linux servers does NOT help IBM’s software revenues.

In terms of software the 3 key products that contributed to the lion’s share of revenue and margins were: CICS, DB2 and z/OS (and its predecessors). All 3 of these are now legacy-legacy. Dying if not already dead. That is the problem. I wish I had the time to explain this more. I used to do that for a business.

IF you are a MAJOR IBM investor and want to know the real scoop contact me. I still know and understand IBM better than most of those you will see and hear on CNBC. SMILE. Yes, I am ex-IBM too. 


I Am NOT Sold That Acquiring “BlueBox” Will Do That Much To Help IBM’s Woes.

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Related Posts:
>> Donate Hursley House To The National Trust.
>> Get rid of unproductive R&D.
>> IBM’s 26% layoff is NOT enough.

>>
Punch-drunk IBM, 40% layoff.

>> “Think” sign — Aug. 28, 2014.
>> Hursley’s John Fairclough …
>> Mainframe 50th.
>> Gene Amdahl & I.
>> IBM Hursley pictures.
>> Malaysia flight 370: And ‘Poor’ IBM.

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Search on “Hursley”, “IBM” & “mainframes” for other IBM (Hursley) related posts >>>>


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Click to access BlueBox’s take on their acquisition by IBM.


Yes, of course, it sounds good. It has all the right buzzwords, ‘cloud‘, ‘open‘, ‘private‘, ‘service‘ and ‘OpenStack‘.

Fantastic deal for the BlueBox investors and employees. Glad for them. Way to go ‘boys’. You suckered them in good.

Not convinced it will do IBM’s bottomline any good. How many such acquisitions have we seen over the decades. More times than not it turns out to be a black hole rather than a blue box. I hope, in the name of ‘Watson’, that they didn’t buy them BECAUSE of their name!

IBM has the technology to do this all, in-house, without buying such a company.

To me, and yes I am jaded and cynical, this is just IBM wasting money to BUY ‘PR’ hoping that PR, rather than real fiscal results, will help them.

I am not convinced BUT given my deep seated love for IBM, I hope I am WRONG.


Gunstock Inn, Gilford (N.H.) Reopens Under New Owners — The Same Folks Who Own Lazy E Motor Inn & Bear Tree Lodge. Hurrah!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> Gunstock Inn has closed — Jan. 29, 2013.
>> 
Gunstock Inn … To Close Soon …‘The Laconia Daily Sun’
>> – Jan. 15, 2013.

>> 
Maybe Gunstock Inn Is Still For Sale … Nov. 8, 2012.
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 Gunstock Inn, Gilford, NH — Sold Again … –  Nov. 1, 2012.


Click to access 'Union Leader' coverage.

Click to access ‘Union Leader’ coverage.


Wedding 103We happened to drive by there this afternoon and saw the sign that they were open — and that the restaurant and fitness center would be opening soon.

There were even some cars.

When we got home I Googled and found the above in the ‘Union Leader’.

That the new owners are the same as those that own the Lazy E makes us very happy. They, Les and Linda Shuster, are very nice people — as I have already said in this post and this.

Les and Linda Shuster, in 2007, gave us a fantastic suite, with Wi-Fi, when we were homeless. For that we will always be grateful and sing their praises. What is ironic is that the previous owners of the Gunstock Inn, though we frequented their restaurant, refused to help us out. So the worm has turned.

That Les and Linda Shuster were looking at the Inn was well known and previously reported.

This is great.

As most of my posts on the Inn will mention the Inn is special for us. That is where we got married, at 3 pm, on January 1, 2003.

Now that we know that Les and Linda own it, we will stop by. I see that they want to promote the Inn for weddings. They can use all of our pictures (even if they have to Photoshop me and put somebody else’s head on my exotic tux). Deanna looked great.


Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera: Automated Lens Cap Started To Stick! Just 20 Days Of Use.

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Anura Guruge


Related post:
>> 20X Optical Zoom On The Panasonic Lumix … — Jan. 5, 2013.




We were in awe of this camera. It took amazing pictures. We still hadn’t worked out all that it could do, or what it was automatically doing for us already. We were beginning to suss out that it, on its own volition, took multiple pictures in burst mode (and I think it can take up to 10 a second) and either just gave us the best or did an composite of all it took. It was pretty cool.

This morning we all hiked down to Halfmoon Lake through trails in the wood, sloshing through the melted snow. When we got to the lake Deanna took the camera out to take pictures. She though the picture in the viewfinder looked dark. So she happened to look at the front of the self-projecting lens. The lens cap was only 1/2 open! Not good. It wasn’t like it was cold. It was a veritable heat wave up here. It was probably 38°F. The second time she re-cycled power, it retracted fully. Then it happened again a few minutes later.

Not good. We have only used it for 20 days. Yes, it is an amazing lens. I have to assume that it has some kind of sealed lubricated mechanism. This camera, as far as we know, has not been dropped or abused. That comes later.

All said, we were not worried. I had got it from Amazon. The reason I insist that we buy through Amazon, rather than anybody else, is there superb customer care. To return it and ask for a replacement was effortless. Took less than 5 minutes in total, including printing the return barcode. We have had great luck with Amazon. So, as far as we know, UPS will come and pickup the return tomorrow. If things go per plan, we should have another one by next week. Yes, Amazon does ‘know’ me. It does keep track of EVERYTHING you do with them and I do more than just buy stuff from them. I have multiple sub-accounts with them for my book publishing, Kindle etc. Amazon knows all of that.

Well, I will keep you posted.


Click to ENLARGE. Panorama shot of Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, taken with the  Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.

Click to ENLARGE. Panorama shot of Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, taken with the Panasonic Lumix ZS20 Digital Camera.


Panasonic Lumix ZS20 did take great pictures. Deanna took this halfway up Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH on Friday.

Panasonic Lumix ZS20 did take great pictures. Deanna took this halfway up Prospect Mountain Road, Alton, NH on Friday. Click to ENLARGE.

On Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, this morning. This was after Deanna got the lens cap to open. This is a very shallow lake. So my chances of falling in are remote.

On Halfmoon Lake, Alton, NH, this morning. This was after Deanna got the lens cap to open. This is a very shallow lake. So my chances of falling in are remote.